My dating life is essentially the complete opposite of a fairytale.
It’s more like a romantic comedy, but without the romance and with most of the comedy coming from sad montages of me eating ice cream after a date gone wrong. I had just met a guy earlier that week, and we made plans to go on a date.
Dating is typically a situation where people feel scrutinized, have to meet new people, and may fear they’ll do something embarrassing.
In this way, dating only adds fuel to the anxiety fire.
“As our successful long-running franchises continue to be the driving force of the network, we are making a significant investment in growing our unique slate of quality original nonfiction programming,” said network EVP and GM David Mc Killop.It does not end with me on a date with 1995 Paul Rudd. As I drove to the bowling alley for the date, I repeated the rules over and over in my head, promising to myself I would follow through.As a woman navigating her 20s, I’ve tried just about every means necessary to nab my Prince Charming, but they all seemed to end with me sitting on the floor of my room, scrolling through old text messages with my gal pals and complaining about why nothing I ever did seemed to work. After arriving, I met him in the parking lot, nearly shaking with nerves.I told him I hated small talk, and instead craved something more, which intrigued him.I had never before felt so comfortable on a first date.The DSM-5 defines social anxiety as the “persistent fear of one or more situations in which the person is exposed to possible scrutiny by others and fears that he or she may do something or act in a way that will be humiliating or embarrassing.” Those who are shy, if not socially anxious, tend to experience social situations in a more reserved, tense and uncomfortable manner, especially when meeting new people.